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Coronavirus Update - 16/03/2020

Important information - please read carefully.

Information for schools

Here is a video message from Professor Di Stephens, the Deputy Health Officer for the Northern Territory Department of Health:


Here are tips for families including how to talk to children about the virus: Tips for Families.


The Australian Government has announced that all individuals (including students and staff members) who arrive into Australia from overseas (irrespective of where they are flying in from), are required to self-isolate for a 14 day period commencing on the day that they return into Australia.

Also refer to the Australian Government isolation guidence information

If you are in doubt, remember to go back to the consistent advice that continues to come from the health authorities:

  • People who are not sick are urged not to seek COVID-19 testing.
  • If you are sick with symptoms and meet the criteria i.e. you have travelled overseas in the last 14 days or have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, then you will be tested.
  • If you are sick but do not meet the criteria – you will not be tested.
  • More broadly, if you are sick, please don’t attend work or school.
  • You can also contact the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

Mass gatherings

The Australian Government has announced that all organised, non-essential mass gatherings attended by more than 500 people are cancelled from Monday 16 March 2020. This does not include essential gatherings such as going to school, university, work, public transport or airports.

Social distancing

Social distancing practices to reduce the risk of virus transmission should be adhered to in our schools and workplaces. These practices include:

  • Keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between people
  • Avoiding handshaking, hugging and kissing, or games that include holding hands or other physical contact
  • Considering moving classes outside, separating into smaller groups and/or spreading into larger indoor spaces.


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